'Human Dignity and Constitutional Crisis in Europe' in Florence, 15-17 June 2017.

Prof Dupré co-convenes 'Human Dignity and Constitutional Crisis in Europe' conference in Florence

The conference aims to construct a vision for a common European future, discussion will focus on the potential of dignity to provide a guide to navigate our way out of the current crisis of constitutionalism. Key-note speakers are Prof Dieter Grimm and Andras Sajo. The call for papers is open.

Europe now finds itself facing a new set of crises. The refugee and economic crises, and the concurrent rise of populism and xenophobia, have ignited a crisis in constitutionalism, with an erosion of fundamental rights standards and the deconstruction of institutional arrangements designed to uphold those rights. A number of European states seem to be regressing from constitutional democracies based on the rule of law and the separation of powers into self-proclaimed illiberal regimes with authoritarian features. Discourse has largely centered on how this backsliding relates to the foundational values of democracy, liberalism, and the rule of law.

This conference aims to reflect on the ways in which the current problems also touch upon human dignity at every level of the European constitutional order, and it will evaluate the nature and impact of the current challenges in terms of the shared constitutional commitment to protect human dignity. Looking forward, with the aim to redevelop a vision for a common European future, discussion will focus on the potential of dignity to provide a guide to navigate our way out of the current crisis of constitutionalism. In doing so, we will be considering whether a renewed commitment to human dignity can, indeed, inspire a (partial) solution or whether, in light of its contested nature, may in fact serve as a rhetorical device to ostensibly legitimise regressive policies and laws.

The conference convenors are:

The conference is sponsored by Portsmouth University and the EUI.

Find out more at: http://www.port.ac.uk/digdem2017

Date: 18 January 2017

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